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How to Celebrate Frank Sinatra's Birthday on December 12

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Frank Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, so this year would have been his 96th birthday. Born in Hoboken, NJ, he passed away on May 14, 1998 in Los Angeles. He was part of
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The Rat Pack, and is one of the most well-known American actors and singers in history. Pay homage to his many accomplishments and his talent by celebrating his birthday on December 12. If you're located in NYC, there are a variety of ways to acknowledge the successful life he lived.

Learn the facts

Sinatra led quite the interesting life from when he was very young right up until the end. He was part of The Rat Pack, which consisted of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. He won a radio talent competition in 1935 as part of The Hoboken Four and was discovered by Harry James in 1939 while he was working waiting tables at a restaurant in New Jersey. Sinatra started recording as a solo artist with Columbia Records in 1944 and appeared in a slew of films including "From Here to Eternity," "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "On the Town." His final public performance was in 1995.

Take the Frank Sinatra walking tour

Although the home where Sinatra grew up is no longer there, you can still take a Frank Sinatra self-guided walking tour through Hoboken. There are various significant stops including Piccolos Famous Cheesesteak, St. Ann's Church, and Lepore's Chocolates. Along the way, grab some lunch, memorabilia, and don't forget to take lots of pictures.

Take the Frank Sinatra limo tour

Should you prefer a tour that's a little more formal, there's a Frank Sinatra limo tour that includes upscale dress and a limo pickup in NYC. The tour starts at $300 and goes up depending on which package you choose and the amount of people in your party. The tour includes Patsy's Italian Restaurant, priority admission to a nightclub or lounge, and options for VIP service.

Listen to his music

What better way to celebrate Frank Sinatra's birthday on December 12 than to listen to his music. Start with Frank Sinatra Radio on Last.fm. To show how popular he really is, his station currently has 34,699,912 plays. You'll also hear music from other artists including Dean Martin and Tony Bennett.

Learn about New York, New York

One of his most iconic songs is "New York, New York," so you can't make it through his birthday without listening to it at least once. The song was actually first sung by Liza Minnelli in the 1977 film "New York, New York," but skyrocketed to popularity in 1978 when Sinatra started performing it at Radio City Music Hall.

Buy some themed gifts

With Christmas coming up, December 12 is the perfect opportunity to buy some Sinatra-themed memorabilia to give as gifts for others or just for yourself. In true holiday spirit, consider "The Christmas Collection," which is a collection of Christmas music by the singer. Another gift option is the "Sinatra Treasures Book" I purchased this a few years back for a big Sinatra fan and it was very well received. It includes the story of his life, hundreds of photos, and various other letters and mementos. Lastly is the "Sinatra: New York" set, which includes four CD's and one DVD of his various onstage performances at venues across New York.

You likely know a little about the life of Frank Sinatra, but if you've always wanted to learn more, his birthday on December 12 is the perfect opportunity to discover even more about his life, loves, and all of his accomplishments.

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When: December 12
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